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A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.
Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, announced Friday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how, KOB-TV reported.
The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.
Michael Rougier said his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”
The teacher’s name was not released, and attempts by The Associated Press to reach school officials Saturday were unsuccessful.
Michael Rougier said the teacher’s comments enraged him.
“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”
Read more on this controversial story on Santa at BlackVoices.com
Nelson Mandela’s family has released their first statement since the death of the world leader on Thursday.
In the statement, recited by family spokesman Lt. Gen. Temba Templeton Matanzima and released to the Associated Press, the family said, “The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us.”
The statement went on to read:
“We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst — a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly.”
It is easy to forget that while the world mourns a leader in change, the Mandela family lost their loved one.
While they continue to get through this time and South Africa prepares for a period of mourning, a decision has been made in New York City as to how they will honor Nelson Mandela.
According to the New York Daily News, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Friday that a new high school will open next September in honor of Mandela’s legacy.
The Nelson Mandela School of Social Justice will open on the campus of Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn as a tribute to the leader. BGHS was one of the first stops Mandela made on his first trip to New York after being released from prison.
Mayor Bloomberg said regarding the announcement:
“President Mandela once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Renaming the campus he visited shortly after his release from prison, will forever serve as a reminder that our mandate as public servants is to provide our children with the weapons they need for a successful future and help us build a city of inclusion.”
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott added: “Every time they enter and exit its doors, our students at this new school will be reminded of the values he personified.”
What a great tribute and it will not come as a big surprise if we see more schools around the world being named in honor of the great Nelson Mandela.
On Friday, I will be stepping back into the time warp known as high school as I “celebrate” my 10-year reunion with a bunch of people I haven’t thought of much since May of 2003. Sounds fun, right?
Honestly, I wouldn’t even be making the trip, yes we’re talking a plane ticket here, if my cousin wasn’t getting married during the same weekend in the same city — and the couple of people I’m still friends with and talk to on a regular basis from high school weren’t pushing me to go. See I fall somewhere in the middle of camp I loved high school and camp I hated high school, but I have always stated that you couldn’t pay me enough money to relive those four years of education. College? Now that’s another story. But the fact that I would hardly consider high school the best time of my life is why I’m just a little bit less than enthused to participate in this weekend’s festivities — which at this point is only going to be a football game on Friday night.
As cliche as it sounds, we have Facebook now and the truth of the matter is the mystique of “I wonder what so and so has been up to all this time” is gone. A quick look at my page will tell you were I live, who I work for, and what I do darn near on a weekly basis and the same goes for seeing that Kathy, Jim, Terry, and Monique are now married, just had a baby, live in San Diego, or ain’t doing ish. In other words, I know what y’all are doing and therefore I have no burning desire to run up to you when I see you, arms wide spread with a smile on my face and ask, “so how life’s been in the last 10 years?” when I pretty much already know.
I’m sure at this point someone is wondering, why don’t you just stay your butt at home, and although that has become an increasingly plausible option, one of my closest friends has gotten me with the “I’m just going to be nosy” excuse, which, I must say, isn’t half bad. Social media really only tells so much — usually the good stuff — but seeing someone in person can reveal a whole other side you had no clue about. There’s also the possibility of someone unexpected/you forgot about/who doesn’t believe in social media showing up and making your attendance worthwhile. I’m crossing my fingers on that possibility.
Still, as I took a poll around the office about attending high school reunions, mostly everyone hit me with a look of WTF — as in, “why the f&*% would I go?” along with the implication of where dey do dat at? Hence my question now, how do you feel about high school reunions in this day and age? Are they still necessary? Would you go to yours or have you?
You might have thought that cap and gown saved you from the horrors of high school, but the game was just beginning in those school hallways. Sorry to be a pessimist, but here’s a reality check: the workplace functions a lot like high school. Pantsuits and briefcases offer a thin mask over the old-school social games adults play with one another.
If you ruled the cafeteria, rest easy knowing that your social skills will not go to waste at your nine to five. If high school was a nightmare, consider this your opportunity to do it all over again on your terms.
Do any of these high school games ring true in your office?
It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.
Say It Ain’t So: Lupe Fiasco Tells Male Chicago High School Graduates That They Received The Worst Education On Earth
Outspoken rapper Lupe Fiasco had some harsh real talk for a group of Chicago high school grads assembled by Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood organizers.
“Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world. You have just spent the last . . . 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you,” Fiasco said according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The performer was the keynote speaker at an event which included 150 recent black male graduates. According to recent studies, only 39 percent of eligible black teens from the district’s pubic schools graduate.
A Chicago native himself, and a product of the public school system there, Fiasco’s remarks were well received. He parted with some personal thoughts on the issue of manhood.
“Transition to manhood is the most important thing that’s going on right now. The caps and the gowns and your tassels and your honorary blah blah blahs don’t mean nothing. That’s just dress. That’s just some clothes. Meaningless clothes, too, because they have no real purpose in life. They don’t keep you warm. What do they do? They just represent to someone else that you’ve achieved something. But then when you look back at it, what have you achieved?”
Read more at theGrio.com
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Many freshmen find themselves disoriented and overwhelmed in college and end up choosing career paths too quickly. As a result, about 80 percent of American college students wind up changing their majors at least once, according to the National Center of Education.
This is a costly move that often lengthens college enrollment; thousands of dollars are lost in the career switch. However, statistics are showing that career-focused schools counteract the bewilderment and confusion that most freshmen encounter at their universities.
USA Today says that more students who are preparing for high school are applying to career academies, like the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, which helps mold students into young adults who are prepared for college and the career decisions you have to make there.
Ashley Parker, the spokeswoman for the Association for Career and Technical Education, stated that children who enroll in these specialized schools do better on standardized tests. The knowledge needed to excel in these exams are applied to specialized high school programs. A four-year degree is nearly valueless without sufficient experience in your field. Some specialized high schools, such as Austin Polytechnical, offer hands-on experience, job shadowing, experience, and other useful field experience. This is what may give students enrolled in career-focused schools the edge in the job market.
Austin Polytechnical is also one of the few high schools that offers certification for metalworking. This is something that could cost non-students a couple hundred dollars to attain.
Picking up on the trend, President Obama submitted a $1 billion proposal to increase the number of specialized academies and expand opportunities for schools to incorporate preparatory curricula for students to be ready for college.
At the moment, career schools are catching the eye of students with higher GPAs, which is making the selection process more exclusive and the level of achievement higher.
To fight the competitive pool, students are taking courses to prepare for the admission exams that may welcome them into a career academy.
‘If I Could Go Back In Time, I Definitely Wouldn’t Have Done It:’ Kiera Wilmont’s Heartfelt Letter On Her ‘Criminal’ Science Project
After model student Kiera Wilmot was arrested and removed from her high school for doing a science experiment on school property, hundreds of thousands of people across the country signed petitions asking for charges to be dropped and for her to be reinstated in school. Below, Kiera blogs about how she and her family have been affected by the school-to-prison pipeline.
My science teacher said we could each pick a science project that has to do with biology, chemistry or physics. He said we couldn’t do a baking soda and vinegar volcano because that was at the fifth grade level. I especially like chemistry, and the reacting. I like seeing two or more different things become something else. So I was asking friends around for project ideas. Someone suggested to me to combine aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner in a water bottle to make a volcano.
That morning I was taking the experiment to be approved by my teacher. My friends and I were outside, and they wanted to see how it worked. Eventually they convinced me to try it. It did not react the way I expected it to. The lid popped off and smoke came out. If I could go back in time, I definitely wouldn’t have done it.
The principal and dean of discipline came over and asked me to tell them what happened. I was kind of scared, but I thought they’d understand it was an accident. Before that, I’ve never gotten in trouble this year other than a dress code violation because my skirt was two inches too short. I told him it was my science experiment. In my third period class I was called up to discipline. I wrote a statement to the dean of discipline explaining what had happened. Afterward I was told to sit on the resource officer’s office. They told me I made a bomb on school property, and police possibly have the right to arrest me. I didn’t know what they classified as a bomb. I was worried I accidently made a bomb. I was really hurt and scared. I was crying.
They didn’t read me any rights. They arrested me after sitting in the office for a couple minutes. They handcuffed me. It cut my wrist, and really hurt sitting on my hands behind my back.
They took me to a juvenile assessment center. I was sitting in this room with no clock so it felt like years of me sitting there. When my mom came, she didn’t say anything. She just had this really disappointed look, and told me I lost privileges. But she’s really been supportive of me. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have my mom. I would have dug a hole and sat there for the rest of my life.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
35-year-old Mario L. Hunt, a special-needs teaching assistant has been arrested following accusations that he molested and infected a male student with HIV, News One reports.
Hunt, who is said to be fully aware of his HIV status, is also being investigated in a similar case involving another student. On Monday, Hunt was charged with felony counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and “transmitting” HIV through intimate contact. The incident occurred back in 2011 when the student was 17 years old. As of right now, authorities are unsure if the student was infected with the virus, but because Hunt exposed him to it, he is being charged with “transmitting” HIV.
Lt. Dennis Plew of the Cahokia Police Department says he’s unsure if the now 19-year-old student has been tested for the virus at all.
“This is horrible. I’m sure some kids come to school and put a lot of trust in a teacher, and for anyone to take advantage of that is a terrible thing,” Plew expressed to an AP reporter.
To make matters worse, Hunt is actually an alumnus of the Cahokia School District.
“You always think something like this isn’t going to happen here and we’d be able to see something, but it’s just so tough to know. Realistically, what can you do? It’s hard to tell what’s going on in people’s hearts and minds,” said the district’s Superintendent Art Ryan.
Ryan also added that Hunt was very popular among students and that he frequently helped out with homecoming and prom events.
“All of the kids certainly seemed to like him,” he said.
This is a very unfortunate situation. It’s very sad that our young people are being taken advantage of by the people they trust, especially in a school of all places.